What makes VH Saddles so comfortable for the horse?
VH Saddles have been designed with horse comfort in mind. Several characteristics ensure this and are common across the entire range. In addition almost every aspect can be made to measure, ensuring the absolute best fit possible for the horse.
Adjustable Tree – The tree is made from layers of laminated birch plywood with sprung steel. The standard sizes are Narrow, Medium, Medium/Wide, Wide, Extra Wide and Super-wide, and can be made to profile if necessary. The trees are adjustable by a qualified saddle fitter to one size in or out from their original size up to 4 times in their life.
Girth System - A point and V-web system is used for maximum stability both laterally and longitudinally on the horse. It helps equalise the pressures applied by the girth to the back of the horse. Alternate girthing systems are available if requested and are available to try on one of the trial saddles.
Channel width – The width of the channel is wider in VH Saddles than most saddles currently available. This ensures no pressure is placed on the horse's spine. There is also the opportunity to have changes made in this area if your horse or pony requires an even wider channel.
Type of panels – All VH Saddles have fantastic, soft, wide, flat panels to allow a very close and secure contact between the rider and horse whilst maintaining maximum comfort. The conventional panels as in the trial saddles will suit the vast majority if horses but some, such as those with marked atrophy behind their shoulders from long-term ill-fitting saddles may benefit greatly from drop down panels. Your saddle fitter or Dr Victoria Hamilton will be able to advise you more closely on this.
The panels are flocked with pure, white wool. Synthetic wool can be used if requested.
Front gussets - These can be added when the saddle is being made and make it possible to add more flocking to the front of the saddle. They can be whatever depth and length necessary to perfectly balance the saddle and allow additional flexibility for changes in the horse's shape. The balance of the saddle is not only important for rider position but also for stability of the saddles, especially in very wide horses, horses with low withers and those built downhill.
Back Gussets - There are four standard back gusset options.
1) Standard extended back gusset for maximum stability where room allows
2) Standard extended back gusset with a raised stitch-line to alleviate potential pressure points
3) Straight back gusset for short backed horses
4) Straight back gusset with a raised stitch-line
Gussets can also be made deeper or more shallow if necessary, depending on the horse's conformation.
VH Baroque Saddles do not have back gussets allowing the back panels of these saddles to round upwards. This avoids pressure on the backs of horses with extremely short backs and often highly developed lumbar muscles. An absolutely fantastic option for many welsh cobs!